Agricultural Policy

Surveys and questionnaires March 2021

i) Take the survey on digital connectivity

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), with the support of the FUW, Wales YFC, NFU Cymru & CLA Cymru, has launched a survey with the aim of gathering a picture of members’ access to broadband and mobile phone connectivity.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of digital connectivity has significantly increased for work and personal reasons.

According to a report published by Ofcom in December 2020, 18,000 homes in Wales are unable to access decent broadband, which is defined as provided download speeds of 10 Mbp/s and upload speeds of 1 MBp/s.

The survey is available here in English and Welsh.

The survey is completely anonymous and is open to anyone aged 16 and over until 31st March.

If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact the NFWI-Wales Office via Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. or 029 2022 1712.

 

ii) ‘The Big Farming Survey’ – RABI to deliver insight into the issues impacting farming people

On 11th January 2021, RABI launched the largest ever research project across Wales and England relating to the wellbeing of farming people. This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between physical health, mental wellbeing and the health of farm businesses.

With mounting external pressures, this vital research will provide the most comprehensive overview of the farming community. It will identify the specific challenges that a generation of farming people face, as well as highlighting how these impact daily life.

The FUW is supporting this important initiative and encourages everyone to get involved
in this research and reach the target of 26,000 survey responses.

Goals of the #BigFarmingSurvey

  • To understand the wellbeing of a farming generation
  • To understand the health of our farmers and their businesses
  • To gain insights into external impacts and pressures
  • To shape future support and services

Who can take part: Farmers, farm workers, their spouses and adult-aged children
When: 11th January - 31st March 2021
Online: http://ex.ac.uk/BigFarmingSurvey
Print: Request a printed copy from Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.

Please set aside 15 minutes to take part by responding to the printed survey or
completing the online form in Welsh or English.

 

iii) BeefQ Survey on the perception of beef eating quality

In the last two years of the BeefQ project, work has focussed on characterising the carcasses submitted for slaughter in Wales and developing a system for predicting beef eating quality based on the Australian MSA system, but verified using UK beef samples and consumer taste tests.

The consumer taste panel work revealed that people say they are willing to pay double for the highest quality product and the beef eating quality prediction model now has the potential to lead to a guaranteed standard of eating quality and increase consumer confidence in Welsh Beef.

Now this work has been successfully completed, the project enters a new and critical phase – that of consultation with Welsh and broader UK farming and food industries to gauge the desire/ need for a beef eating quality prediction system and to consider how such a system might be implemented.

The BeefQ project team would therefore encourage anyone working in the beef supply chain (farmers, abattoirs, butchers, retail), as well as catering and hospitality sectors, to complete the survey. The responses will contribute to recommendations on the system’s feasibility, if and how it could be implemented and the barriers perceived in doing so.

To participate in the survey, please go to http://www.beefq.wales/survey.html

 

iv) Questionnaire on the identification and risk factors associated tick prevalence in ruminants

Ms Sheeza Iqbal, a Masters student at Hartpury University is undertaking research on the identification and risk factors associated with high tick prevalence in ruminants.

This research will contribute to the science towards controlling tick infestations and raise awareness of the diseases that ticks can spread.

All responses will be kept anonymous.

The questionnaire can be completed here and please contact Ms Sheeza Iqbal on Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld. for further information.

 

Expression of Interest Window Dates March 2021

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Farming Connect What’s On

As a result of the pandemic, Farming Connect has taken the decision to postpone all open events and one-to-many events until further notice. They are conducting a number of activities digitally or over the phone where possible.

More information can be found here:
https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/whats-on

 

Farm Business Grant (FBG)

The 8th FBG expression of interest window is now open and will close on 9 April 2021. Online forms will be available to complete via RPW Online.

Further guidance and a list of eligible items can be found here.

9 April 2021
Transfer of BPS Entitlements 2021

Farmers can now transfer their BPS Entitlements by sale, lease or via inheritance.

This must be completed via RPW Online. Please note that the entitlement values displayed on your account are subject to change.

15 May 2021
Basic Payment Scheme 2021 Payments

All Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2021 payments will be made in sterling.

Subject to claim eligibility and receipt of all necessary Supporting Documents, Welsh Government intend to make a BPS Advance Payment from 15 October 2021 of 70% of the anticipated final BPS 2021 claim value.

There will be no need to separately apply for this advance payment.

BPS 2021 Balance Payments will commence from 15 December 2021.

 
Free & Confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme 2021

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will once again be running their free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme in 2021. They intend to open the registration process during April 2021, but in the meantime to find out more and to register for updates, click here.

 
Nuffield Farming Scholarships Applications for the 2021 Nuffield Farming Scholarships are now open.

Successful applicants tend to be from those working in farming, food or horticulture and are provided a substantial bursary to fund travel to study their chosen topic.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here: https://www.nuffieldscholar.org/
31 July 2021

FUW urging Members of the Senedd to vote against draconian Water Quality Regulations

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is urging anyone who wants to see an effective and targeted approach to improving water quality without threatening the viability of farm businesses to contact their local Member of the Senedd (MSs) urging them to vote to annul the recently laid Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations on 3rd March.

Following years of work by stakeholders as part of the Wales Land Management Forum Agricultural Pollution Sub Group and the submission in April 2018 of a report outlining 45 recommendations to Welsh Government, they chose on 27th January to copy and paste 30 year old EU Nitrate Vulnerable Zone rules, rebranding them the Water Resources Regulations.

Despite the fact that even NRW - the principal advisor to Welsh Government on issues relating to the environment and its natural resources - has previously warned that the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) approach may have the “perverse outcome” of worsening water quality and supported the 45 recommendations, these new regulations will impose NVZ rules across the whole of Wales.

To summarise, this will include closed periods for spreading fertiliser and slurry, no end of paperwork in regard to nutrient management plans, the production of risk maps including calculations of slurry production and nitrogen content and further the requirement to be able to store 5 months worth of slurry during the 4 month October to January closed period.

Trade disruptions continue following end of Brexit transition period

The EU trade of UK food and drink products continues to face disruption following the end of the Brexit Transition Period.

A signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU and the avoidance of tariffs of up to 50% on some agricultural products as a result was welcomed, although teething problems were still to be expected in regard to border bureaucracy and additional checks.

However, it seems that lorries full of consignments worth tens of thousands of pounds are still being turned away at ports due to single errors amongst boxes of paperwork and variations in the attention to detail of Export Health Certificates (EHCs), to name just some examples, continue to be reported during meetings with UK Stakeholders.

It is particularly concerning that many of these teething problems are now becoming long term issues that need to be addressed, despite the fact that export trade levels are anywhere between 20 and 50% of normal levels and that live animal exports are practically non-existent due to the lack of custom posts on the continent.

Farming Unions and Wales YFC express concerns surrounding Agriculture White Paper

The FUW, NFU Cymru and Wales YFC have sent a joint letter to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths expressing concerns around the future direction of Welsh agricultural policy following the publication of the Agriculture (Wales) White Paper.

The letter calls for the Minister to reconsider what a future policy should deliver for Wales given that little has changed over the three consultation processes since 2018 and that there remains a lack of ambition for the future of farming in Wales.

It also states that “the direction of travel proposed does not appear to reflect the uniqueness of Welsh farming, built around family farms delivering for our economy, our landscape, language and culture. Instead, and most worryingly, it looks as though we are implementing a policy based on a very narrow definition of public goods, policy thinking very similar to what we have seen emanate from elsewhere, rather than a policy ‘Made in Wales’.”

The industry recognises and embraces the need for change in the belief that the main opportunity from Brexit was to develop an agricultural policy in Wales for Wales that focussed on its people, the land used for farming and the production of food.

COVID-19 - Gwybodaeth Bwysig i’n haelodau a chwsmeriaid

Yn dilyn gwasgariad y Coronafeirws (COVID-19), rydym wedi penderfynu amddiffyn aelodau, cwsmeriaid a chyd-aelodau staff trwy gau pob swyddfa FUW. 

Bydd pob aelod o staff yn gweithio oddi ar ein safleoedd am y dyfodol rhagweladwy, golygir y bydd ein timau yn parhau i gynnig yr holl wasanaethau dros ffon/e-bost/skype neu ffyrdd eraill o gyfathrebu o bell. 

Dylai aelodau a chwsmeriaid barhau i gysylltu gyda ni yn yr un modd ag arfer, gellir cysylltu â’r staff trwy ddefnyddio’r rhifau ffôn arferol.  

Byddwn yn sicrhau bod safon ein gwasanaethau yn parhau. Caiff apwyntiadau SAF/IACS barhau fel yr arfer ond fe cant eu gwneud dros y ffôn. 

Gweler manylion cyswllt eich swyddfa leol yma: https://fuw.org.uk/cy/cysylltwch

 

Linciau pwysig ynglŷn â'r Coronafeirws:

 

Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws): https://businesswales.gov.wales/cy/cyngor-coronafeirws

Cynllun benthyg Coronafeirws oherwydd ymyriad i fusnes ar gael trwy fenthycwyr sy'n cymryd rhan: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/  
 
Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/
 
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus